Beach bests Jerguson in state Senate special election
by Erin Dentmon
edentmon@cherokeetribune.com
January 09, 2013 12:27 AM | 6968 views | 8 8 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Robert Trim of Woodstock, state Senate hopeful Sean Jerguson and Nichole Tri, of Woodstock anxiously check the poll results during Jerguson’s election party at Winchester’s Woodfire Grille.<br>Staff/Nathan Self
From left, Robert Trim of Woodstock, state Senate hopeful Sean Jerguson and Nichole Tri, of Woodstock anxiously check the poll results during Jerguson’s election party at Winchester’s Woodfire Grille.
Staff/Nathan Self
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In a hard-fought special election to fill the District 21 seat in the state Senate, Brandon Beach, a Republican from Alpharetta, has emerged the victor.

Beach garnered 58 percent of votes in the race, according to preliminary results from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. Opponent Sean Jerguson, a Republican from Holly Springs, received 42 percent.

“When I was going through the campaign, people were concerned about leadership, lower taxes and getting results. That’s what people want, and that’s what we ran on,” Beach said, noting that jobs and education are two of the biggest issues facing the district.

Beach lost to Chip Rogers in the July primary race for the Senate seat and decided to make another run when the former legislator resigned in December.

“It’s a great night for District 21,” Beach said Tuesday night, thanking his crew of campaign volunteers, including 30 Cherokee County volunteers.

Jerguson could not be reached by press time.

A total of 9,501 residents of Senate District 21 voted, according to preliminary results. Overall, Beach received 5,470 votes. Jerguson received 4,031 votes across the district.

Cherokee County elections officials reported voter turnout of about 10 percent. In Fulton County precincts, voter turnout was much lower, coming in under 5 percent.

Beach earned 52 percent of Cherokee County votes, or 3,925 votes. Jerguson received 48 percent of votes in Cherokee County, 3,660 votes.

In Fulton County, Beach garnered 81 percent of votes, or 1,545. Jerguson earned 371 votes in Fulton County.

After Rogers resigned, Jerguson subsequently resigned the House District 21 seat he’d been elected to in order to run for the position.

Republicans Scot Turner and Brian Laurens are headed to a Feb. 5 runoff to represent the House district.
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glib bliss
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January 09, 2013
apparently, neither candidate excited their base very much. maybe the winner will fit right in with "liberal-progressives" who have given us the mindless "progress" of rinos & dims.

people don't even have to think. they can believe their lying teachers, listen to corrupt media & vote for people like obama. looks like national suicide of a 'free people.'

Senior Voter
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January 11, 2013
glib bliss, did you just say we had lying teachers? There are no more dedicated teachers then the ones here in Cherokee County. The achievements they have accomplished this year with limited resources, overcrowded classrooms and furlough days have made Cherokee County the place to relocate for parents concerned about education and businesses concerned about an educated work force. May I suggest you do a little research before bashing a very large voting block? I am not a teacher but we relocated here because of the school system. I am amazed at all the recognition CCSD gets from the State but not from the very people who live in the district. Shame on you and the people like you. It is truly people such as you that have ruined this once great party.
People are waking up
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January 09, 2013
Cherokee politics has been very calm and professional over the last six or eight years as far as local county government goes. And if you have been payng attention to who works with who and who is now out of office in the state. People are waking up. But now they have to wake up in the local county level. we have a new commisioner that cant even vote on the agenda. Isnt it his job to be informed on the agenda before hand. And if he isnt going to vote on something because he is new is BS. There was another new commisioner and he was prepared and educated on the agenda and voted. Also People need to wake up and see who his appointments were and if you are educated on cherokee polotics you can see the conections. He isnt even legal to be in office and people need to again wake up and ask the hard questions. Anyway I feel sorry for the people in that post. And back to the senate race, if you compromise your morals and principles to gain votes, you get what you got.
Mary Wilhite
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January 09, 2013
Thank you Brandon Beach.

Mary Wilhite

woodstock pta mom
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January 09, 2013
So the three responsible for taking away our ability to vote for commissioners and school board members are gone. Rogers,Byrd and Jerguson.

Looks like voters have spoken up that they want real republicans who believe in local control.
Hopeful Once Again
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January 09, 2013
Thank you Brandon Beach for not giving up on us! We are so excited for the opportunities you will bring to Cherokee County. So many republicans here want to set a new and positive course and last night they decided you were the change they have been waiting for! So long cronyism! Your days here in Cherokee County are over.
Lucy06
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January 09, 2013
I hope Mr. Beach can keep his campaign promises, and not turn into the 'Bums' we have elected, who seem to profit from their position.
Dang it
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January 09, 2013
Son of a Beach. Regret is an ugly thing when the DOT's boy is dancing under our new tolls on 575.
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